When you’ve just finished a long day at work (whether it’s in the office or, in fact, from your dining table), most of us are too tired to even think about preparing dinner. But we have to do something because your stomach (or your family’s) won’t feed itself. In fact, it may be growling at you — so subtle! But we have the answer: easy pan recipes.
You don’t have to be a professional in the kitchen to make delicious (and nutritious) food. In fact, the old adage holds true here – the simple things in life are often the best. And in the case of pan recipes, it really is. So, if you’re tired and hungry, then keep reading these 15 simple pan recipes that are guaranteed to become your new go-to dinner treat.
Featured image of Michelle Nash.
The Pan Veggie Bowl Tờ
Why we love it: This spring vegetable bowl is perfect for adding to your dishes. It’s completely plant-based and comes together quickly in just one sheet of paper. A perfect lunch for one, or dinner for two, or side dish at any spring gathering.
Hero composition: Celebrate with all of the season’s favorites like baby carrots, turnips, seed potatoes and sweet chives.
Get the recipe for the Sheet Pan Veggie Bowl.
Easy Tomato Pan Herb Pizza from Half Baked Harvest
Why we love it: This Sicilian pan recipe features fresh pizza dough topped with toasted cherry tomato sauce, three cheeses, pepperoni (you can omit or substitute with a plant-based protein substitute), “pizza seasoning” style house and lots of fresh basil. . It takes a little more prep time to make the dough and sauce but in no time you can always use pre-made dough and sauce from the store! (We won’t tell.)
Hero composition: The key to this pizza, says Teighan of HBH, is to bake on a paper pan over high heat until the crust is just slightly crispy and the cheese is melted. Um….
Get the recipe for Easy Sheet Pan Tomato Herb Pizza.
Chorizo Sheet Pan Breakfast from Fed & Fit
Why we love it: Who says all pan recipes are a must-have for dinner? We love this chorizo pan breakfast idea. The good news is that it’s packed with protein, carbs, fats, and healthy veggies. This amount is enough to feed the whole family — and then some. This is also a great meal to prepare for a week’s worth of breakfast. Just take it out of the freezer, heat it up in the oven and you’ve got your breakfast or brunch in a snap.
Hero composition: Squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top of your tray for a zingy punch in every bite.
Get the recipe for Chorizo Sheet Pan Breakfast.
Pan Chicken Fajitas . 5-ingredient plate
Why we love it: This easy pan recipe is Camille’s go-to whenever she’s faced with the “what to cook for dinner” conundrum. They are too easy. The entire meal is made entirely on a paper pan. And you probably already have most of the ingredients in your fridge or pantry: boneless chicken breasts, bell peppers, and onions (it doesn’t get any more basic than that, people). Add to that, of course, with a dash of taco seasoning on top. Line the tray with foil or parchment paper. Scary after-dinner cleanup? Does not exist.
Hero composition: The simplicity of these fajitas gives you all the space to make them your own through the magic of the toppings. Pile your fajitas with jalapeños, pico de gallo, guacamole and/or cilantro for a novelty or make your Tex-Mex dreams come true with grated cheese, sour cream, rice and beans.
Get the recipe for the 5-ingredient Pan Chicken Fajitas.
Parmesan Grilled Cauliflower from Foodie Crush
Why we love it: If you haven’t roasted cauliflower with parmesan cheese on a paper pan, will you still be alive? Yes, of course it does, but seriously if you haven’t already, buy cauliflower and make this easy pan recipe this week. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Cook these up on Taco Tuesdays and mash them with your beans and salsa. YUM!
Hero composition: Apparently Parmesan. It reaches a roasted, crispy state that is basically perfect in every way.
Get the recipe for Grilled Cauliflower Parmesan.
Fried sweet potatoes & chickpeas from a minimalist baker
Why we love it: I can almost guarantee that you have these three ingredients in your pantry: sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and curry powder. This easy wok recipe combines all three of them in a very flavorful meal. It’s also made entirely on a baking sheet — our favorite type of dinner.
Hero composition: For extra flavor, use a mixture of curry powder, garam masala, fresh ginger, onion, and garlic.
Get the recipe for fried sweet potatoes & chickpeas.
Pan Chipotle Chicken Nachos from Spoon, Fork, Bacon
Why we love it: When are you? Not in the mood for nachos? Most likely never. Especially when you can throw all your favorite ingredients in one tray. You can also add any toppings you like, but this one has so much that it’s completely filling and perfect for a movie night. Count us!
Hero composition: It’s time to go further. Make your own queso sauce according to the recipe above and drizzle it all over. You will not regret it.
Get the recipe for Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Nachos.
Pan Aloo Gobi . Sheet
Why we love it: If you also don’t want to stand in front of the stove but still crave delicious food and make you feel good (with as little effort as possible) then you’ve come to the right place. This Aloo Gobi pan recipe is well worth a try and super easy to make. Shortcut to dinner this way.
Hero composition: Charge the vegetables the way you would when they stick to the bottom of the pan on the stove. There’s nothing better than a crunchy spiced potato filled with warm spices. It makes the formula.
Get the recipe for Sheet Pan Aloo Gobi.
Pan-fried salmon with orange chili with garlic and green vegetables
Why we love it: A lengthy ingredient list or complicated techniques are the last things any of us feel like dealing with at the end of a long day. # right? Usually, we just want to pour a pinot (or a delicious mocktail), rock the Spotify chill, and make something simple and delicious. Enter your latest favorite dinner cooked entirely on one pan. Yes, you will be as addicted as we are.
Hero composition: Follow Camille’s instructions and ask the fishmonger at your local grocery store to remove the skin and bones from the salmon. From there, all you have to do is place them on a parchment-lined pan along with any vegetables you want to roast with. Katherine genius.
Get the recipe for Grilled Orange and Chilli Salmon with garlic and greens.
Coconut vegetable curry plate
Why we love it: The rice cooks along with everything on the pan, it’s a game changer in every way. This curry is perfect for lunch or dinner and is completely customizable for a crowd if that’s your jam. Or, if it’s dinner for a few, read the script and enjoy this easy vegetarian meal.
Hero composition: A spoonful of peanut butter completely turns those veggies into pure decadence.
Get the recipe for the coconut jelly curry.
Grilled Chicken & Vegetables
Why we love it: Ah, roast chicken. It’s a staple in the modest kitchen, a must-have for weekdays and nights. In this recipe, it shares the spotlight with the root vegetables you want to die for. Use this chicken throughout the week or enjoy it right out of the oven. You can’t go wrong either way.
Hero composition: Join me on this one: The key ingredient here is olive oil. But, it’s olive oil after it was in the oven with all the titles. Basically, it collects all the flavors of caramel, roasted chicken and juicy vegetables. Think roasted garlic, brine olives, and lemons. Save that soaked oil for dipping crispy bread. Sorry if not.
Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken & Vegetable Confit.
Broccolini Pizza Plate from What’s Gaby Cooking
Why we love it: It doesn’t get much easier than pan pizza, and this recipe proves exactly my point. You can use store-bought or homemade pizza dough to make your mozzarella, broccolini, and red onion fillings. Whatever your pace, be sure to enjoy this simple lunch or dinner with a glass of your favorite chilled white wine or a delicious mocktail.
Hero composition: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, roasting broccolini is the best way to enjoy veggies. It gets crispy edges that can’t be beat.
Get the recipe for Sheet Pan Broccolini Pizza.
Pan-fried chicken with artichokes and asparagus from the identified dish
Why we love it: Another winner (dare I say, chicken dinner wins?), this recipe uses boned, skinned thighs for maximum crunch on the outside and juicy meat on the inside. And with grilled artichokes and asparagus to go with it, you’ve got a recipe for success. Or, at least dinner.
Hero composition: This recipe uses frozen artichoke hearts, which saves time and effort.
Get the recipe for Pan-Fried Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus.
Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli
Why we love it: This easy vegetable pan dinner is perfect for weeknights or meal prep. With sweet potatoes and chickpeas, it’s substantial enough for any occasion.
Hero composition: The ginger peanut dipping sauce is the star of the rice tray here. It’s rich with peanut butter (obviously), sharp from ginger and lemon, and full of umami from soy sauce. As always, consider double the batch to drizzle over roasted veggies, use as a dip for raw veggies, or serve with veggie spring rolls. Already have enough vegetables?
Get the recipe for Rabe Sweet Potato & Broccoli Sauteed Dinner with Peanut Sauce.
Pan Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chicken Enchiladas from Half-Naked Harvest
Why we love it: Try speaking quickly three times. There’s a lot of good going on in this recipe with chipotle peppers, corn, poblano peppers, cheddar and pepper cheese, and more all wrapped in delicious corn tortillas. It’s simple and completely laid-back and basically everything you could want in an enchilada.
Hero composition: Juicy corn offers a hint of sweetness to balance out the heat from those peppers. And it was burnt and delicious. I ate it with my eyes.
Get the recipe for Sheet Pan Chipotle Cheddar Chicken Corn Enchiladas.
What’s your favorite easy pan recipe? Share the link below or just listen to the ingredients!
This post was originally published on March 9, 2021 and has since been updated.